Friday, January 4, 2013

110 Free Music Education Apps

I've had the iPad for about 3 months and have downloaded many free music apps. I have organized them into the following folders so that all the music apps can be found on one screen. The folders are shown in the screenshot below:


 

Listening


1) Classical Lite
2) SPCO (Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra)
3) NPR Music
4) Pandora
5) Classical Music For Babies
6) iLuvMozart
7) Classical 1
8) Beethoven Symphonies
9) Classical Masters
10) Mozart Symphonies
11) XmasRADIO


Sound Exploration

12) Falling Stars
13) Soundrop
14) Singing Fingers


Metronomes

15) iBeat
16) Pro Metronome
17) iMetronome
18) Gibson Studio Share (This has a metronome and tuner.)



Tuners


19) Pitch Pipe Now
20) AccuTune
21) insTuner


Singing

 22) I Am Composer. Sing and then see your music notated on a staff.
23) Monster Chorus. Monsters who sing the pitches of a scale.
24) Karaoke HD. Comes with a few free songs with the option to purchase more.
25) Songify. Records your speaking voice and then auto-tunes it into an instant song.
26) Sing Along Christmas Carols Free. Words appear on screen karaoke style.



Woodwinds

27) Honey Harmonica
28) Bagpipe. You have to blow on the microphone receiver to play it!
29) Zampona
30) Ocarina 2. You also have to blow on the microphone receiver to play it.
31) WoodwindIA. The English Horn is free; you must purchase the other instruments.
32) Shehnai HD
33) Recorder Master. Play along with your recorder or by touching the screen.



Strings

34) Classical Violinist. Violin, Guitar Hero-Style
35) Ukulele. I love how you hold the iPad like a real instrument to play it.
36) Guitar
37) Bass Guitar!
38) Santoor
39) Celtic Harp Lite
40) 12-String Lite
41) WI Orchestra. This is a piano keyboard, but the violin sounds are the only ones that come free.
42) On The Music Path. Videos teaching how to play guitar and other folk strings.


Percussion

43) iTriangle
44) Congas
45) Bongos
46) iTablas
47) Chakra Chime
48) Slit Drum
49) Washboard
50) Percussion for Kids. A mix of congas, bongos, maracas, wind chimes, and triangle.
51) Awesome Cowbell Free. A selection of 3 different sizes of cowbells.
52) Bottle Xylophone
53) Marimba. The lowest note is an A (I wish it were a C)
54) Sansula Lite Thumb piano
55) Drum Man An aerial view of a drum set.
56) Bottle Music Make music with bottles or wine glasses.
57) Finger Stomp Lite

Brass

58) BrassIA. The piccolo trumpet comes free; you may purchase other instruments.
59) TrumpetLiteHD
60) TromboneLite
61) FrHornLiteHD
62) Trumpet+ Lite
63) Vuvuzela Man


Instruments

(Apps with instruments from multiple familes)

64) Music Instruments by Tidels Free Flashcards with real images of musical instruments.
65) My Musical Friends HD Cartoon versions of the instruments to appeal to younger students.
66) Melody Street An interactive story to introduce the instruments.
67) Mozart Interactive You get to choose which instrument will play next.
68) Kids Musician A preschool app exploring percussion and keyboard instruments.
69) Music Sparkles A glockenspiel and drum set are unlocked for free.
70) Music School For Toddlers. The piano is unlocked free. I like how the note names appear above the keys.


Piano

71) MiniPiano One octave, full-size keys.
72) iPiano Lessons Instructional videos about the piano.
73) Piano Free Full 88 keys, adjustable size, with a metronome and songs.
74) Magic Piano Play beautiful piano music by touching lights as they move across the screen.


Playing Piano

75) Music Intervals. Quizzes intervals on treble or bass clef.
76) Music Keys. Quizzes pitch names of piano keys.
77) Music Tool. Shows how to play chords on the piano keyboard.
78) Inversion Invasion A space-themed game improving chord building.
79) Piano Prodigy. Play songs from color-coded solfege.
80) Dust Buster. A game that can be used with the touch pad piano or can use the microphone to pick up the sound of a real piano or keyboard.
81) Pluto Piano. Play songs on a touch piano or by navigating a penguin up and down the staff.
82) Piano Hero. Dual player touch pianos on each side of the iPad. Play the keys as the lights approach the keys.

Rhythm

83) Rhythm Cat HD. Read rhythms and tap the screen.
A previous post on Rhythm Cat can be found at this link.
84) Rhythm Training. Read rhythms and tap the screen. You may also practice at different tempi.
85) S4-RComposer Create beats and loops with electronic percussion sounds.
86) Monkey Drum Play rhythms and let the monkey echo you, or compose your own tunes.
A previous post on Monkey Drum can be found at this link.

Ear Training

87) Pickup Tunes Free Ear training games recognizing intervals and scale degrees.
88) Nail That Note Lite Absolute, melodic, and relative pitch trainer using a piano keyboard.
89) Blob Chorus. Aural game matching pitches.
A previous post on Blob Chorus can be found at this link.
90) Ear Trainer Lite. Practice aural recognition of intervals, chords, and scales.
91) Right Note Lite Ear Trainer assessing intervals, pitch, and melody.
92) Musical Puzzle HD Arrange a song by correctly ordering jigsaw pieces containing short melodic phrases and notation.


Harmony

93) Sound Prism Explore harmony with lights and patterns on a grid.
94) Harmonizer Explore harmony with lights and patterned shapes.


Memory Games

95) Piano Game. An aural game of Simon challenging your ear training skills.
96) Rhythm Repeat Lite A memory game echoing rhythmic and melodic patterns.
97) Young Music Genius. Consists of several games. One game is memory-style flipping instrument cards over until you find a match. There is also an instrument quiz aural identifying instrument sounds and a composer quiz identifying musical excerpts by listening.

Staff

98) Note Brainer. Assess note reading flash-card style. You can customize the game for treble or bass class only.
99) ClefTunes Lite Touch notes on a staff to hear the pitch.
100) Playpad. Touch lines or spaces on the staff to hear their pitch.
101) Penguin Chase. Touch a penguin and navigate him up and down a staff to play a melody, avoiding obstacles. Watch out, the tempo continues to increase!


Genres

102) Blues Cats Explore blues music by selecting which instruments you would like to hear.
103) Jazz Cats Explore jazz music by selecting which instruments you would like to hear.
104) Country Cats Explore country western music by selecting which instruments you would like to hear.
105) Spanish Sound HD Explore Spanish music by selecting sound clips.

Sheet Music

106) Sheet Music Direct. A library of scores. Lots of music can be previewed for free or purchased through sheetmusicdirect.com.
107) Tonara Some music is offered for free. The best feature of this app is that it turns the page automatically as it hears you performing the music.
108) MusicStandPad Scan your own sheet music and store it digitally using Dropbox. This app will connects to the Dropbox library to view your music. You may write on the music to take notes and turn the page with just a flick of a finger.
109) Steinway Etude There are many free songs, but you can also purchase more sheet music. But I love the setting that shows you the strings on the inside of the piano while it plays the song selected.


 110) My Note Games

My Note Games. This last app is not in a folder because it could belong to many categories. This features music theory and note reading games you can use with just your fingers on the touch screen, or with your singing voice, or any musical instrument (including recorder).






If you have any other suggestions to add to this list, please comment below.

64 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for this list! I've been looking for some of these myself, but it's great to find them here! I also use whiteboard apps for students to draw notes and rhythms in my classroom and VidRhythm to make funny youtube-like videos.

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  2. Do you use these in your classroom? If so, for the whole class, small group, centers? I would LOVE to know how you utilize one or two specifically. Thanks!

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  3. I'm still learning how to include them, but it is still difficult when I only have one iPad. I have blogged specifically about Monkey Drum, Rhythm Cat, and Blob Chorus. In those posts I talk more specifically about classroom applications. http://musicwithmrsdennis.blogspot.com/search/label/apps
    I hope this is helpful. As I discover more ways to include the iPad in the classroom, I will share my ideas and experiences. I've thought about incorporating BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) but I'm not sure how many of the apps would be available on other device other than Apple products. I haven't ventured down this road quite yet! :)

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  4. Wow this is a great list of apps. I also really like AURALBOOK. It's the only app that analyzes your listening skills and gives you tips for improvement. It's really a revolutionary app and I would recommend it to anyone trying to improve their listening skills. And it's free!

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  5. I really appreciate this list. Thanks for the post! Very helpful and just what I was looking for!

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  6. I just got to know about Jazzy World Tour, a brand new music learning app for Kids. It has a free version and interface is so user friendly.
    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/jazzy-world-tour-free-musical/id574909527?mt=8

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  7. Wow Mrs. Dennis, What a fun list! I can't wait to get started. Thank you for sharing!!

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  10. MusicPal is also one worth mentioning!

    It lets you take a photo of your sheet music and instantly hear it played back. The score the app generates is totally interactive too, letting you play back certain sections, specific notes, isolate staves - an invaluable tool for anyone trying to learn to read music.

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/learn-music-musicpal/id976261614?mt=8m
    for more info: http://www.musicpalapp.com

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    1. This is a pretty cool app. Do you know if you can upload as a mp3?

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  11. which best app for learning guitar from your education music apps ?

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  12. thanks, I'll use some of these in my music classroom.

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  14. Musical app is a very nice idea to teach students.Goo going..keep it up.
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  16. One of the apps you can add to your list designed to help anyone learning an instrument become efficient in their practice is an app called MyTractice
    Click on the App for Music Teachers link to access it on the Google play store

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  18. Really cool list of the apps! Thanks! Many new apps have appeared however. I think Stave'n'Tabs deserves to be in this list. It is free iOS app for sheet music and tabs. I use it to learn and practice scores for classroom.
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